The Supreme Court has today issued a notice to the Central Government and UPSC seeking a reply on the petition of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to postpone the civil service preliminary examination. On behalf of the UPSC candidates, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking to postpone the civil service preliminary examination. The petition gave reasons related to the growing cases of the rapid Covid-19 epidemic in the country and the troubles caused by the severe flood situation in many regions.
Explain that the bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Sanjeev Khanna has set the next hearing on September 28 in the case. UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination is to be conducted on October 4, 2020 at various centers across the country. The admit cards of the candidates for the examination have also been released.
At the same time, the petitioners have requested the apex court to postpone the civil service examination for two to three months. He says that by that time the situation of floods and incessant rains will improve and the epidemic infection is also expected to subside. According to the petitioners, conducting the examination in the time of epidemic would violate the fundamental rights of health and life under Article 21 of the Constitution.
According to the petition filed on behalf of 20 UPSC candidates through advocate Alakh Shrivastava, on October 4, more than 6 lakh candidates will take 7-hour examination at 72 centers across the country. In the time of epidemic outbreak, conducting examinations in offline mode can endanger the lives of students. Floods and heavy rains in many states of the country have affected the life and health of the students of that region. In such a case, the revised calendar is clearly inappropriate. It violates the rights of health and life present in Article 21 of the Constitution.